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CFN: Auburn Offense
The Skinny: Don't expect too much flash from the offense going to two-back and two tight end sets with a premium placed on a power running game. The quarterback situation is still a battle and will be all season. The running game should be outstanding making up for a passing game which will be functional at best.
quarterback situation which was to be settled this spring,
Grade: B ... Campbell adds another dimension to the offense with his running ability, but Cobb has the experience and a little more poise.
Running Backs: The
team received some good news and bad news this off-season losing
Grade: A- ... This is a solid group of backs, but Williams has to stay healthy as he truly is the Cadillac of the backs. Look for the coaching staff to get a little creative trying several different formations and rotations. There's even a suggestion that Williams might play some receiver if the other backs get into a groove.
corps needs depth and production from new players, but the focus on
the running game and the inclusion of two tight end sets can mask any
problems. Gone are Tim Carter and
Grade: B- ... The tight ends are outstanding and might end up leading the team in receptions. The jury is still out on the wide receivers, but Willis could turn into a game-breaker.
Offensive Line: The
line loses three starters including all-star Kendall Simmons.
The coaches have already made several moves and expect there to
be a ton more trying to find the right fit among the
up-and-coming group. 338-pound junior Monreko Crittenden was
moved from right tackle to right guard while 312-pound junior
Grade: B ... There's not a whole bunch of depth, but the line could turn out to be solid once the coaching staff figures out which pieces go in which places.